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House passes H.R. 8 – What does it mean for gun owners?

H.R. 8 passed the house today, but what does this mean for gun owners? Below is a summary of the bill. This was provided by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the Library of Congress. The full bill can be read here.

Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021

  • This bill establishes new background check requirements for firearm transfers between private parties (i.e., unlicensed individuals).
  • Specifically, it prohibits a firearm transfer between private parties unless a licensed gun dealer, manufacturer, or importer first takes possession of the firearm to conduct a background check.
  • The prohibition does not apply to certain firearm transfers, such as a gift between spouses in good faith.

Some critics have accused this as a dangerous step towards a national gun registry that targets gun owners. America is the largest private owner of firearms in the world. American civilians are estimated to own 393 million guns. Thus, making the U.S. the most heavily armed country in the world.

Despite the alarming homicide rate in America, Defensive Gun Use (DGU) studies have estimated that guns saved over 160,000 lives last year. Some estimates put it higher, some put it around 50,000. We recently reported on such a case. Specifically, where a 12 year old boy shot and killed a robber who had shot his grandmother.

Supporters of the bills have said they are attempting to save lives, in their own way, by keeping firearms away from career criminals. Furthermore, adding they support the Second Amendment, but are just anti-mass shootings.

However, the claim could be made that criminals will not abide by these rules, and this only limits law abiding citizens.

What do you think of H.R. 8? Sound off in the comments below!

About the CRS

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the Library of Congress works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. CRS provides Congress with analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and non-partisan.

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25 thoughts on “House passes H.R. 8 – What does it mean for gun owners?”

  1. Criminals have never and will not, purchase their weapons legally. This law is directed at law abiding citizens and restricts our 2nd Amendment CONSTITUTIONAL right. This is how it begins…

  2. I think that ANY gun laws or regulations are useless at curbing criminal elements from acquiring them ( history has proven this time and again ) I think they are also illegal and unenforceable by Constitutional law. ( Shall NOT be infringed anyone…) I know they are an attempt to disarm the citizens so the illegal, immoral, corrupt, and Treasonous government doesnt get executed like they deserve for constant violations of our Rights and Liberties protected by law and Treasonous plans to sell out the country.

  3. Rodney EdwardsS

    I think that this is just a stunt from the Democrats it is their first step in getting rid of law abiding citizens guns.

  4. As usual law makers are trying to do everything they can to take our 2nd Amendment Rights away from us with out asking us first. There are approximately 7,000,000 Veterans in the USA and if you think there’s a chance that we will give up our guns then you better think again and get ready for a fight.

    1. This is total Bullshit criminals will always have access to Firearms we law abiding citizens need to protect our Families.Shoot Ranges in my family is our Sport and our Firearms will stay in this family and will be handed down to next in line.We are very responsible gun owners and keep our Firearms in a Gun Safe PERIOD.

  5. Even aside from 2nd Amendment, I fail to see where the federal government has authority to regulate private sales within the same state, as it is not interstate commerce and the Constitution does not grant the authority explicitly. They may be able to stiffen laws for interstate sales, but they can kick rocks as far as people selling in accordance to their state’s laws. With the changes to the background check forms I have zero faith that this would not build a de facto registry or otherwise be used for questionable purposes.

    1. I’m glad they are trying . However they will never control the criminal. These laws only punish law abiding citizens. I hate to say this but some people are just so damn stupid to see that guns change hands illegally in the criminal world daily. What is Hr8? Hr8 does apply to the illegal gun movement. You have failed to protect us again .

  6. Here in California its easier to buy a gun off the street than at a gun shop. Criminals don’t buy them or aquire them legally.
    I will not comply.

    US Navy Veteran

  7. If anyone was wondering, the united states government is the largest and most successful criminal organization.

  8. What they fail to realize your state has more authority over what happens to guns and can ignore this bullshit wannabe law so they are waisting there time 36 states already said they can fuck off they will not enforce this

  9. Inch at a time until the whole 2nd is gone. The draconian gun laws in Dem. run cities Like Chicago, Philly, NYC and others ought to be enough proof that gun laws are a failure . The only thing they manage to accomplish is empower the criminal while stripping power from legal gun owners.

  10. Regarding the articles statement, “However, the claim could be made that criminals will not abide by these rules, and this only limits law abiding citizens,” …. Criminals never abide by rules… How in the hell is somebody so dense that they claim criminals ‘may not’ abide? Are these people stupid? Trying to keep firearms out of ‘career criminals’ hands is like trying to take away air from the planet Earth. It ain’t going to happen. It’s a doggy dog world and this is quite simple really; if you want to keep guns or anything else for that matter out of career criminals hands, then you destroy the career criminal.

  11. This just shows how out of touch our representatives are. Laws to stop criminals? Criminals are criminals because they don’t follow laws/rules. It seems to be that politicians are afraid of the citizens being armed because they have bad intentions and we won’t stand for it if we can effectively fight. Good government has no need to disarm the citizens… also violates our right if anyone cares

  12. They keep pushing the subject against legal law abiding citizens. Then eventually we will fight back. Many police departments and military will refuse to push the issue against their fellow veterans, and retired police. And many would not want to be the one knocking on doors to enforce these bullshit laws.

  13. Everything this “Democrat” controlled congress is doing is designed to destroy the Constitution and Bill of Rights. They openly believe that these foundational documents are outdated and discriminatory, although the only one’s being discriminated against are the law abiding American citizens.
    Isn’t it funny that the same people who openly oppose gun rights and walls are currently surrounded by both to “protect them from extremists.” Ironically these “extremists” are being created by the very legislation they are promoting in an effort to destroy everything that made America great for almost 250 years.

  14. The federal government has exceeded their authority in many ways. Gun control is just one of them. We need to take a serious look at where we want the future of America to go….. and fight with every legal means we have to keep our constitutional rights. I only own two of the 393 million guns in America, but I will fight to keep my guns and my Second Amendment rights

  15. There is no way this new bill is going to keep guns away from criminals.. They are CRIMINALS!!! They don’t care about laws. They will get guns they will commit crimes all it does is limit an make it harder for us LAW BIDING CITIZENS to protect ourselves from criminals. No way they are taking my mine without a fight!!!!!!

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